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WWE announces United Kingdom tournament and championship

The WWE brand continues to expand, this time with a geography-specific tourney and title.

WWE has been filling out their programming schedule, whether it be on a television network or their own streaming one, the WWE Network. In January, we’ll get another addition to the latter, as Triple H announced early on Thursday morning that the United Kingdom would host a two-day, 16-wrestler tournament to crown a UK Champion.

It will air live from Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom on January 14th and 15th, and the winner will receive this championship that was also revealed at the announcement:

If you’re excited about this tourney, just wait, as WWE also announced that William Regal would be joining the announce team for the two-day affair, along with RAW lead announcer Michael Cole and a name you’ve started hearing a lot more about lately and now you know why, Nigel McGuinness.

As for who is going to be in the tournament:

This unprecedented event will showcase competitors from all four Home Nations and Ireland, including charismatic Trent Seven, from Wolverhampton; hard-hitting Pete Dunne, from Birmingham; Tyler Bate, the bright young 19-year-old star from Dudley, West Midlands; big brawler Wolfgang, from Glasgow; tough Tyson T-Bone, from Malvern; the aggressive Northern Irish grappler Tucker; Irish high-flyer Jordan Devlin, who hails from Bray, in County Wicklow (the same hometown as WWE Superstar Finn Bálor); and Londoner Roy Johnson, a former champion powerlifter.

Sorry if you were hoping Jack Gallagher would get even more opportunity to shine on WWE television, but it’s okay, his future is already in a good place. After all, Vince McMahon is running 205 Live, and ole Gentleman Jack keeps getting meaningful screen time.

You can watch the full announcement at, but it sounds like this is all the info we’re going to get for now.

What do you think about expanding the WWE tournament business further? Does this mean there will be a special belt for the women’s tournament that’s been rumored for so long, too, or will that get the Dusty Rhodes trophy treatment?

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